Not only did his U.S. Virgin Islands national team record a big win over Anguilla in the Concacaf Nations League Friday afternoon, but the Cosmos forward scored his first international as well.
The Dashing Eagle walked off the Raymond Gordon Ernest Guishard Technical Center field with a 3-0 triumph in front of 495 spectators.
The win snapped USVI’s three-game losing streak that lasted just shy of three years. The team last won an international match, 2-1 at Sint Maarten March 26, 2016.
James Charles Mack Lii gave the visitors all the scoring they needed in the 10th minute before Bryce Pierre doubled the lead five minutes later. Lii’s goal was the Dashing Eagle’s first goal since that Sint Maarten game.
Playing in only his third international match, the 26-year-old Dennis put an exclamation point on the win with his goal in the 86th minute.
Dennis took a through ball from a teammate, beat his man, rounded goalkeeper Ryan Liddie on the right wing before tucking it into the lower right corner.
With this goal by Aaron Dennis, the USVI Soccer Association, Inc. takes the victory 3-0 over Anguilla | #CNL #TheDreamStartsNow
Posted by Nations League on Friday, March 22, 2019
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Prior to the match, the Elmont High School graduate told FrontRowSoccer.com, Dennis talked about his goals.
“Right now, it is to win the match and if I can score one, two goals, to help us, I’d be ecstatic,” Dennis said.
As it turned out, Dennis, who captained USVI a game in the fall, was not the skipper of Friday’s game. Instead, Lii had that honor bestowed upon him by USVI head coach Marcelo Serrano.
In the latest FIFA world rankings, the USVI is 208th and Anguilla is tied with the Turks and Caicos Islands for the 208th spot. Both teams already had been eliminated from contention for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. The Nations Cup is the qualifying arm for this summer competition.
Dennis will return to the Cosmos to continue training with the club and to prepare for Tuesday night’s preseason match at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. and for the start of the National Premier Soccer League season against the New York Athletic Club April 27.